W. Dan Holmes interview with Tales of Cape Cod, April 13, 1978.
Born in 1907, Mr. Holmes describes his childhood experiences living in Barnstable Village. He recalls his childhood experiences including taking care of the cows and chickens, taking apples to school and raking and storing hay for the animals. He learned how to play the piano and as a young boy would be paid 25 cents a song at social gatherings on holidays. He became a carpenter and he describes how it has changed with the times. He describes his teenage years going to various dance halls following a band leader named Ernie Baker. He refers to the train stop for the Barnstable Fair as White House Crossing. He also recalls his time working the night shift at the telephone company. Mr. Holmes recalls the bounty on seals and how people hunted them and buried the carcasses. He recalls his first automobile. He also has several humorous stories about prohibition and how locals were involved in the handling of liquor.
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